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At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet street in Crestview, Colorado. Until she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won’t throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalked by a serial killer–and At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet street in Crestview, Colorado. Until she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won’t throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalked by a serial killer–and that any one of her nosy friends and neighbors might be to blame. Erin has been hired to bring the home back to life–and she’s not going to back down, even when her insufferable, irresistible competitor, Steve Sullivan, barges in. But it doesn’t take long for Erin to realize that there is a method to her client’s madness. A murderer does haunt this makeover. And somewhere in the clutter is at least one thing to die for.


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At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet street in Crestview, Colorado. Until she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won’t throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalked by a serial killer–and At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet street in Crestview, Colorado. Until she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won’t throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalked by a serial killer–and that any one of her nosy friends and neighbors might be to blame. Erin has been hired to bring the home back to life–and she’s not going to back down, even when her insufferable, irresistible competitor, Steve Sullivan, barges in. But it doesn’t take long for Erin to realize that there is a method to her client’s madness. A murderer does haunt this makeover. And somewhere in the clutter is at least one thing to die for.

30 review for Killed by Clutter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lain

    Once again, Erin Gilbert finds herself embroiled in an interior design job-turned-murder as her attempts to declutter an elderly woman's house result in dead bodies galore. What exactly is hidden amongst the moldering piles of newspapers and magazines? Will Erin save the old woman from her busy-body neighbors and interfering relatives before the plug is pulled on her own life? And how much longer can she and Steve Sullivan flirt around before someone makes a definitive move? The characters are fu Once again, Erin Gilbert finds herself embroiled in an interior design job-turned-murder as her attempts to declutter an elderly woman's house result in dead bodies galore. What exactly is hidden amongst the moldering piles of newspapers and magazines? Will Erin save the old woman from her busy-body neighbors and interfering relatives before the plug is pulled on her own life? And how much longer can she and Steve Sullivan flirt around before someone makes a definitive move? The characters are fun, quirky, and interesting (to the extent they're developed), but the attempts to create a unique story result in a plot that is so convoluted and full of twists and turns that I got seasick. And I have to admit I'm growning tired of the alternate bantering/sparring with Erin and Steve. They need to get together or give it up. And once again, the chapters on home decor interjected amidst the mystery are more annoying than welcome. I suggest the author focus on the characters and remember that series mysteries are more about characterization than about plot. We'll forgive you anything if we fall in love with the people.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The main character was just a bit to overwhelming in her nosiness and her butting in the way she did. She could have handled getting clues and helping in a much better way than the way she pushed herself on everyone.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I thought this was a pleasant read. I haven't read any of the others in the series but I'm thinking about checking them out. The only thing I didn't like about this was the decoration tips.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm not sure if these books are self-published and thus lack a good editor or if translating to ebook screws things up but this book was full of missing words and was somewhat disjointed as though sections were missing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Helen has moved into her garage, there is so much stuff stacked in the house!She believes someone is coming into the house while she is out. Erin Gilbert is hired by Helen's niece to sort and clear out the clutter.Then two strange deaths take place in the house.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Cute cozy. Nothing to write home about but it did provide lunchtime entertainment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Cryer

    2.5 round to 3. Average cozy little mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    This has been my favorite of the series so far

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    3 - Good

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Killed By Clutter Leslie Caine Mystery 328 pages copyright: 2007 isbn: 978-440-33598-6 A Place for Everything And Everything In It's Place. Including Murder. At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet stret in Crestview, Colorado. Unitl she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won't throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalk Killed By Clutter Leslie Caine Mystery 328 pages copyright: 2007 isbn: 978-440-33598-6 A Place for Everything And Everything In It's Place. Including Murder. At first glance, decorator Erin Gilbert fell in love with the charming little bungalow on a quiet stret in Crestview, Colorado. Unitl she stepped inside. There, eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of bric-a-brac, papers, and just plain junk that she won't throw out. Even worse: two bizarre deaths have convinced Helen she is being stalked by a serial killer, and that any one of her nosy friends and neighbors might be to blame. Erin has been hired to bring the home back to life--and she's not going to back down, even when her insufferable, irrestible competitor, Steve Sulivan, barges in. But it doesn't take long for Erin to realize that there is a method to her client's madness. A murderer does haunt this makeover. And somewhere in the clutter is at least one thing to die for.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    Killed By Clutter is a mystery set in Crestview, Colorado and is number four in the Domestic Bliss Murders. I have not read the other three books in this series but it really did not matter. The main character, Erin, is an interior designer and she has been hired by two siblings to help clean out their Aunt Helen's house. Helen is a major pack rat who has moved out to her garage because she feels that someone is breaking into her home at night. There starts the story with some drama from the sib Killed By Clutter is a mystery set in Crestview, Colorado and is number four in the Domestic Bliss Murders. I have not read the other three books in this series but it really did not matter. The main character, Erin, is an interior designer and she has been hired by two siblings to help clean out their Aunt Helen's house. Helen is a major pack rat who has moved out to her garage because she feels that someone is breaking into her home at night. There starts the story with some drama from the siblings, the nosy neighbor across the street and her kind husband, and a interior design competitor, Steve. This story is filled with comedy, fear, drama, and all the while you are trying to figure out who is doing what. I enjoyed this book for its easy reading style of writing and the believable characters. Every neighborhood has a nosy neighbor who watches the comings and goings of their neighbors. Very enjoyable and somewhat of a surprise ending.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    While this isn't my usual type of book, I rather enjoyed it. I have often speculated as to whether or not my high stacks of books would come tumbling down on my head while I slept, so I thought this would be a good one for me! :-) It's decent, albeit far-fetched and idiosyncratic. If I knew that someone was breaking into my home and taking things, I would certainly change my locks, something the protagonist refuses to do.... hmmm... I guess if she did, there wouldn't be much of a book! "Police of While this isn't my usual type of book, I rather enjoyed it. I have often speculated as to whether or not my high stacks of books would come tumbling down on my head while I slept, so I thought this would be a good one for me! :-) It's decent, albeit far-fetched and idiosyncratic. If I knew that someone was breaking into my home and taking things, I would certainly change my locks, something the protagonist refuses to do.... hmmm... I guess if she did, there wouldn't be much of a book! "Police officers seem to assume when your hair loses its color, your mind's gone, too." Well, dang, change the locks! Another part talks about the clutter: "Yes, but that's one of the good things about clutter... nobody but me knows where to begin to look for anything in it."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I spotted this title at the Niles Library and know I had to read it! I struggle each day to de-clutter around here, but being a fairly serious packrat, I seem to be losing the battle. Fortunately (is this a spoiler?) it doesn't appear the murder(s) in this book were actually caused by the piles of stuff. This book is part of a series of mystery novels by Leslie Caine--a "Domestic Bliss" series. It features a protagonist who is an interior decorator. I think that several of the other novels featur I spotted this title at the Niles Library and know I had to read it! I struggle each day to de-clutter around here, but being a fairly serious packrat, I seem to be losing the battle. Fortunately (is this a spoiler?) it doesn't appear the murder(s) in this book were actually caused by the piles of stuff. This book is part of a series of mystery novels by Leslie Caine--a "Domestic Bliss" series. It features a protagonist who is an interior decorator. I think that several of the other novels feature the landlady, who has a "Domestic Bliss" television show on a local cable channel. I enjoyed this quick read...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rogue Reader

    Decorator Erin Gilbert's down on her luck and re-imagines herself in a new career - a de-clutterer. Is her latest client a nutcase hoarder or is she a hoarder in danger? Love the fictional take on what appears to be an all too common disorder, and makes me want to clean house. Good character development and small town cozy relationships that you love to love and hate. The family dynamics make you want to weep. Not much local color, but no matter, go read Fodors. --Ashland Mystery Decorator Erin Gilbert's down on her luck and re-imagines herself in a new career - a de-clutterer. Is her latest client a nutcase hoarder or is she a hoarder in danger? Love the fictional take on what appears to be an all too common disorder, and makes me want to clean house. Good character development and small town cozy relationships that you love to love and hate. The family dynamics make you want to weep. Not much local color, but no matter, go read Fodors. --Ashland Mystery

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Savage

    I would have rated it at 2&1/2 stars if I could. The story was okay if a bit far fetched. At the end I got the feeling of "deus ex machina" as tidbits were revealed. To my mind the story was cluttered up by all the description of the decorating schemes in the various locations. I don't feel it aided the story at all. I guess I should have expected that from the series name of "Domestic Bliss". Likely won't bother with any others by this author unless I have nothing else to read (never going to h I would have rated it at 2&1/2 stars if I could. The story was okay if a bit far fetched. At the end I got the feeling of "deus ex machina" as tidbits were revealed. To my mind the story was cluttered up by all the description of the decorating schemes in the various locations. I don't feel it aided the story at all. I guess I should have expected that from the series name of "Domestic Bliss". Likely won't bother with any others by this author unless I have nothing else to read (never going to happen).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    This was the first book by "Leslie Caine" I have read. "Killed by Clutter" was a great little "cozy" Mystery! The characters were believable and very likable! The main Character Erin was a single woman who roomed with a TV Celebrity that had the show "Domestic Bliss". This wove in a interesting background to the story. Erin herself is a Interior Decorator who takes on the job of cleaning out the house of a elderly hoarder! What a job this turns out to be! If you like cozy mysteries you will love This was the first book by "Leslie Caine" I have read. "Killed by Clutter" was a great little "cozy" Mystery! The characters were believable and very likable! The main Character Erin was a single woman who roomed with a TV Celebrity that had the show "Domestic Bliss". This wove in a interesting background to the story. Erin herself is a Interior Decorator who takes on the job of cleaning out the house of a elderly hoarder! What a job this turns out to be! If you like cozy mysteries you will love this one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Corky

    Eccentric widow Helen Walker has created a maze of "stuff" she won’t throw out. Decorator Erin Gilbert has been hired by Helen's family to help her get rid of the clutter. Helen is reluctant as she is convinced that people around her who are dying are really being killed and her only defense is her cluttered house.Realizing that there is a method to her client’s madness, Erin sets out to discover just what is in the house that really is worth killing for.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    A neighbor gave me this book in a stack of several pulp fiction books. This is fairly cheesy writing but in the end it was interesting enough that it worked to keep my mind away from other concerns, so that's good. Evidently the author has several in a series of books about an interior-decorator turned detective. I prefer my Goldy Schultz catering mysteries over this sort of book, but it's still fine if you want a fluffy, easy read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    ill bk cute story of a clutter buster/interior designer and her client an old lady with paths in her house and a dead next door neighbor in the basement-- twists fromher past with her sister and her husband a pushy niece and sad sack nephew and the design firm of Sullivan and gilbert rides to the rescue

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristal

    Erin Gilbert, an interior designer in Crestview, Colorado, is hired by a couple to help their pack-rat aunt move back into her house instead of living in her garage, the only open space she has left. But the aunt is sure someone is out to kill her. And before you can say "junk", there is a dead body. And it's up to Erin to figure out who the killer is.

  21. 4 out of 5

    VJ

    It was ok, but not my favorite cozy series. The premise of the series is cute and the main character is ok but this one just didn't do it for me. The perp was a character I didn't really like but the reasoning behind the murder was really dumb. The side plot with the disappearing heirlooms by the nephew was more believable as a motive.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    Fun mystery to read... Interior designer turn amateur detective. I like interior designing and I like mystery. Not entirely realistic, but what's the point of reading a totally realistic fiction?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Allison Kohn

    A good mystery As usual this was a good mystery. I wanted to tell those two to grow up more than once but the mysteries are always intriguing. I'm sure anyone who enjoys a good mystery will be glad they got this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    There was just enough substance to keep me engaged, but that was it. Mystery portion was very simplistic and the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan was extremely irritating. Maybe their dynamics would have been more sensible if I hadn't jumped into the middle of the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love this series. The author is one of my favorites. A cute cozy about an interior decorator.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    This is a nice - fun quick read murder mystery. Full of twists that keep you interested. Love the decorating / scrapbook connection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    An entertaining but not mind-boggling mystery.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alicia V

    Loved it! Great continuation in the series and awesome Decor tips through out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie Golding Page

    While this was a fun and light read, I found the main character irritating in both her unrealistic meddling in her clients' affairs and her inability to be honest with her love interest.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoyed this installment in the series. It was a lot of fun and I really didn't guess who the killer was.

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